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The Reality of War

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The Reality of War Before the 1st world war a lot of poems were written to glamorize the true picture of war. I feel that the Battle of Blenheim tries to subtly depict the true picture of a bloody, horrific and terrifying war. When war broke out and innocent young men in the prime of their life were sent to die, to see their friends bodies torn apart in front of them it gave them the will to write poems about the true reality of war. This gave people a different way of thinking about an old saying ''Dulce et Decorum est''. My essay is about the contrast between the great and honorable vision and the terrifying and gruesome vision of war. In the First World War there was a soldier named Wilfred Owen, he wrote many poems on the shocking truth of war. One of them is named Futility, this is my favorite. He also wrote a poem called Anthem for Doomed Youth, both of these poems were written in the war and were written to shock. ...read more.

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In the war the soldiers were ordered to move the dead body in to the sun on the mere pathetic hope that it might bring life back to him. This is what the poet is writing about, the pure futility of these actions and of course war itself. The words Wilfred Owen uses are perfect to capture the pure despair of this situation. The first stanza is describing how every day the sun has woke this man but for today is different. The sun is spoke of as if it has human warmth and gives life to the world. For example ''Gently its touch awoke him once'' this gives me the impression that the sun is alive. And in line seven ''The kind old sun will know'', again suggesting that it is a human. The poet is also writing of men doing tragic things for something to hold onto.' 'If any thing might rouse him now the kind old sun will know'' and really knowing their actions are hopeless and pure futility. ...read more.

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Men laying down their lives in appalling conditions and for what. The images that Owen sets in my mind are in no way glamorous or heroic, they are disturbing and saddening, for example ''The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells'' compared to the harmonic chorus of a funeral choir. The difference between Owens poems and The Battle of Bleinham is major. The textures of Owens poems are more real and have a greater impact on me. He achieves this by using similes and the sound of words to create an atmosphere of cold depression on the battlefield. Owens poetry is the best I have read because it leaves me thinking with those images in my head about the true meaning of war and not just the legend ''Dulce et Decorum est'' which I think is what he aimed to do. The Battle of Blenheim is a wonderful poem but has a very different sound and feel to it. It is very clever in its own way, but it does not have the same affect on me as the poetry by Wilfred Owen. I think he is one of the best poets ever. ...read more.

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